2018 and 2019 Per Capita Information for our Presbytery…

Per Capita is the way we financially support and strengthen the connections of our work with congregations, maintain our theological identity and further the mission of the church in our communities and around the world. The 2018 Per Capita is $33 per member. This $33 is made up of: Presbytery of Scioto Valley – $22.02 General Assembly of the PC(USA) – $7.73 Synod of the Covenant – $3.25 Approved at the September 18, 2018 Presbytery Meeting The 2019 Per Capita is $35.75 per member. This $35.75 is made up of: Presbytery of Scioto Valley – $23.55 General Assembly of the PC(USA) – $8.95 Synod of the Covenant – $3.25

Youth Triennium July 16-20, 2019

2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium…with the theme: “Here’s My Heart”. For youth going into the 9th grade through high school. This popular triennial event for Presbyterian youth will be held July 16-20, 2019, on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Watch for more information soon. Dates:  Tuesday, July 16—Saturday, July 20, 2019 Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Age:  High School Youth and accompanying adult advisors (Entering Freshman through Graduated Seniors) Theme:  Here’s My Heart Cost: $555 per person (includes transportation, housing, meals and program costs) Registration Deadline:  Registration deadline is March 15, 2019, and reserved with application and payment to the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.  Checks payable to Presbytery of Scioto Valley Event video:  Hear’s My Heart link Space is limited to the first 45 people who register including payment. Adult Advisors must be 21 years of age and …

Presbytery Website News and Updates… By Lorel Au, Website Coordinator

Website News and Frequently Asked Questions: New Webpages -We have added a new Webpage under the About Us menu item “Life around the Presbytery and Beyond”. Please feel free to send us pictures that represent the energy, excitement and diversity within the Presbytery. You might just see your picture on this new page or elsewhere on the site. Use of the Presbytery Site – Our PSVOnline site has been “live” for a year now, and you might wonder how much as it is used. We strive to update the calendar, news and events every week when we add the E-News to the Newsletter Archive. According to Google Analytics, which sends us a weekly report of site use, PSVonline has on the average 185 site visits each week. During weeks around important events like a Presbytery Meeting we may experience 280 …

Church Trends, the PC(USA)’s new online statistical resource, offers statistical data about congregations,presbyteries & synods

Presbyterians can now find useful and timely information about their church online. The goal of Church Trends is to provide answers to questions Presbyterians frequently pose, especially statistical information. Congregations and mid councils can find 5-year statistical information data for planning purposes. Church Trends enables congregations to see how their statistical data compare with the statistical averages of congregations of similar size in their presbytery and synod as well as the national church. They can compare membership gains and losses, age diversity, racial ethnic diversity, gender diversity, the size of the session and deacon body, and budgeted finances. Membership information on Church Trends is reported from congregations through the Session Annual Statistical Report. Congregations send these reports to their presbyteries, and they share them with the Office of the General Assembly (OGA). Ministerial data is also provided by the presbyteries to …

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism In my job as executive Presbyter, I spend quite a bit of time traveling around the presbytery as I visit and work with our pastors and congregations. In these travels in central and southern Ohio, I pass many churches of every size, shape, design and denomination, maybe hundreds of them every month. And, most church buildings have some sort of sign in front of their building. Some are old wooden signs…some are new electronic signs…some change messages regularly…some never change. I don’t know about you, but I always notice church signs. The signs catch my eye more than the building does. Recently I noticed the church sign on a Catholic Church in Delaware County. I regularly drive by this church, and the sign changes often. That day the sign said: “Come on In…God has been …